From the “Spokane Chronicle.”
August 7, 1934
On a steep rocky cliff some 400 feet above the stretch of dark green, which is the Columbia River, a steam shovel can be seen daily throwing down big boulders over the edge of the precipice.
The machine is part of the equipment used by Crick & Kuney on the project of building the joint highway and rail entrance from the mouth of the coulee to the dam site.
The big dynamite blast of 18,000 pounds was set off last weekend, but because of the excitement caused by the president’s visit here on Saturday it practically aroused no excitement here.